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I am at the four and a half month mark of my HT and I noticed this morning a lot of very small translucent looking hairs all over the top of my head. Mixed in with those are some thicker darker more normal looking hairs. These translucent looking hairs are so faint and fine that I must hold my head up and look at them from that angle to see them. They seem to follow the line of where the doctor put the new hairline and don't go any further below that. I'm not sure why some of the hair would come in from the beginning looking like mature hair and others come in looking like baby hairs unless those were already there before the procedure but I don't think they were. I read something on the forum about hair coming in very fine almost invisible then maturing into normal hair. That would be great if these do mature in to normal looking hair. At this point I can see evidence of hair where there was none before but it is far from being enough to be cosmetically acceptable.

 

Here is my question: Are these hairs eventually going to mature and turn into regular cosmetically acceptable hairs?

NW5

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I am at the four and a half month mark of my HT and I noticed this morning a lot of very small translucent looking hairs all over the top of my head. Mixed in with those are some thicker darker more normal looking hairs. These translucent looking hairs are so faint and fine that I must hold my head up and look at them from that angle to see them. They seem to follow the line of where the doctor put the new hairline and don't go any further below that. I'm not sure why some of the hair would come in from the beginning looking like mature hair and others come in looking like baby hairs unless those were already there before the procedure but I don't think they were. I read something on the forum about hair coming in very fine almost invisible then maturing into normal hair. That would be great if these do mature in to normal looking hair. At this point I can see evidence of hair where there was none before but it is far from being enough to be cosmetically acceptable.

 

Here is my question: Are these hairs eventually going to mature and turn into regular cosmetically acceptable hairs?

NW5

Dr. Epstein July 4, 2007

2520 grafts

471 one hair grafts

1540 two hair grafts

505 three hair grafts

5070 Total hair count

 

Dr. Epstein August 4, 2008

2384 grafts

870 one hair grafts

1150 two hair grafts

364 three and four hair grafts

4262 Total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro November 18, 2009

1896 grafts

760 one hair grafts

852 two hair grafts

288 three hair grafts

46 four hair grafts

3362 total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro July 1, 2011

1191 grafts

447 one hair grafts

580 two hair grafts

150 three hair grafts

14 four hair grafts

2113 total hair count

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That's good news! If all of these hairs come in that look baby fine now then I should have a decent head of hair.

NW5

Dr. Epstein July 4, 2007

2520 grafts

471 one hair grafts

1540 two hair grafts

505 three hair grafts

5070 Total hair count

 

Dr. Epstein August 4, 2008

2384 grafts

870 one hair grafts

1150 two hair grafts

364 three and four hair grafts

4262 Total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro November 18, 2009

1896 grafts

760 one hair grafts

852 two hair grafts

288 three hair grafts

46 four hair grafts

3362 total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro July 1, 2011

1191 grafts

447 one hair grafts

580 two hair grafts

150 three hair grafts

14 four hair grafts

2113 total hair count

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Someone on another forum answered this question this way. Who is right? I sure hope you are!

 

In my experience it sounds like "vellus" hairs. Usually, when transplanted hairs start to come in, they come in just as they were transplanted. Baby fine hairs are a part of the miniaturization process. A sort of cascade of events by which the hair "caliber" and "length" decreases over time. The last stage is in fact baby fine hairs AKA the vellus hairs.

NW5

Dr. Epstein July 4, 2007

2520 grafts

471 one hair grafts

1540 two hair grafts

505 three hair grafts

5070 Total hair count

 

Dr. Epstein August 4, 2008

2384 grafts

870 one hair grafts

1150 two hair grafts

364 three and four hair grafts

4262 Total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro November 18, 2009

1896 grafts

760 one hair grafts

852 two hair grafts

288 three hair grafts

46 four hair grafts

3362 total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro July 1, 2011

1191 grafts

447 one hair grafts

580 two hair grafts

150 three hair grafts

14 four hair grafts

2113 total hair count

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TTDS,

 

Arrie is correct though it is possible that some of the transplanted hair will grow back as it was transplanted. But typically they grow in as thin fine hairs and mature and thicken over a long period of time.

 

The hairs that grow back normally are typically "shocked" hairs as opposed to transplanted hairs.

 

Rest easy my friend. It's a gradual process.

 

Bill

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Very cool! Then it looks like I have a really good crop on the way! I thought the hair just came in like normal hair so I've learned something else. So at 4 1/2 months the hairs that have grown back sort of normal looking are shocked? What does that mean? It doesn't sound like something positive. icon_eek.gif

NW5

Dr. Epstein July 4, 2007

2520 grafts

471 one hair grafts

1540 two hair grafts

505 three hair grafts

5070 Total hair count

 

Dr. Epstein August 4, 2008

2384 grafts

870 one hair grafts

1150 two hair grafts

364 three and four hair grafts

4262 Total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro November 18, 2009

1896 grafts

760 one hair grafts

852 two hair grafts

288 three hair grafts

46 four hair grafts

3362 total hair count

 

Dr. Ron Shapiro July 1, 2011

1191 grafts

447 one hair grafts

580 two hair grafts

150 three hair grafts

14 four hair grafts

2113 total hair count

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Originally posted by Bill - Moderator:

TTDS,

The hairs that grow back normally are typically "shocked" hairs as opposed to transplanted hairs.

 

Rest easy my friend. It's a gradual process.

 

Bill

 

Good point, Bill,

 

I remember this specifically after HT #2............I had a waive of hair coming in that came in coarse, like beard stubble. I determined very quickly that these were shocked native hair since I had no hair transplanted in these areas.

 

Then, the HT hair, came in thin and wispy but thickened up pretty darn quick!

 

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In my experience, thick, blunt tipped hairs are probably transplanted hairs that never fell out. Look at the base of the hairs. If they're darker and thicker at the base, and colorless and tapered at the top, they're probably either shocked hair growing back or transplanted hairs that fell out and are growing back.

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